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Medical diagnosis of dyslexia in a Swedish elite school: A case of consecrating medicalization
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
Number of Authors: 12020 (English)In: British Journal of Sociology, ISSN 0007-1315, E-ISSN 1468-4446, Vol. 71, no 2, p. 366-381Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on qualitative data of an upper-secondary school in Sweden's primary elite community, Djursholm, I propose how medical diagnosis of students as dyslexics contributes to consecrating them by offering a short cut to successful performance, while at the same time reproducing differences between social classes. The study suggests how students that do not score top can be labeled dyslexic and the social and moral consequences of that. I introduce the concept of consecrating medicalization in order to discriminate between the effects of medical diagnosis of members of different social classes. In this way, this paper contributes to further examining some key problems in medical sociology and the sociology of elites, by offering a framework of synthesis and integration.

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2020. Vol. 71, no 2, p. 366-381
Keywords [en]
consecration, dyslexia, elites, medicalization
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Sociology Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-179596DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12737ISI: 000509796500001PubMedID: 31994727OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-179596DiVA, id: diva2:1416274
Available from: 2020-03-23 Created: 2020-03-23 Last updated: 2020-03-23Bibliographically approved

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